NIC Bank has sponsored five students living with albinism to the M-PESA foundation academy. The five students are Linda Nyakoha, Devrighan Rakuom, Catherine Ngendo, Samuel Mburu and Nancy Njeri.
The sh 2 million sponsorship will go towards financing the students’ education at the academy for four years. The sponsored students are beneficiaries of the Dr. Choksey foundation, which is dedicated at improving the quality of life of persons with Albinism in Kenya. NIC Bank is the first corporate organisation to contribute towards the education of individual students at the M-PESA Foundation Academy.
“As NIC Bank we are pleased to support these students and bring positive change in their lives. Education is key to building our economy and will equip them with life skills that will enable them to make informed life decisions and to contribute to their society positively,” said NIC Banks’ Director Marketing, Communications and Citizenship, Rosalind Gichuru during the cheque handover when the Form 1 students reported to the M-PESA foundation academy.
The M-PESA Foundation Academy is a state of the art, mixed boarding high school providing world class Kenyan secondary education. Driven by leadership, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, the Academy serves talented but economically disadvantaged students with demonstrable leadership potential.
M-PESA Foundation Academy commenced operations in February 2016 when 96 students were admitted to form 1 and a further 192 students have enrolled this year. The selection process is very rigorous and involves picking students from different counties across the country by identifying their leadership potential from economically disadvantaged schools.
“Education is a holistic process. Learning goes beyond listening to the teacher disseminate knowledge and test accuracy. Developing and nurturing the students’ talents is an essential component that is incorporated in our curriculum. We offer state of art facilities managed by dedicated and experienced staff,” said the CEO of M-PESA Foundation Academy, Mr. Les Baillie during the cheque handover when the Form 1 students were reporting to the M-PESA Foundation Academy.
Linda Nyakoha, is one of the beneficiaries of the support from NIC Bank. She has been supported by Dr. Choksey through her primary education and was excited to join the academy, having attained 375 marks in her KCPE.
“I would like to be a doctor and support people with Albinism in Kenya. I look forward to my four years here and making new friends,” said Linda.
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